William is particularly concerned that children, and parents, learn the right answers early on, so they can form great and long-lasting habits. A knowledgeable cyclist always gets the most out of his or her bicycle, safely. In this video, William shares a few quick tips on how to stay safe while cycling in your community.
Quick Tips to Remember:
- Your bicycle is a vehicle - respect other vehicles on the road.
- Obey the rules of the road - obey road signs and stop at red lights.
- Ride in a straight line on the right hand side of the road.
- Look straight ahead when riding; anticipate danger.
- Ride in the same direction as traffic, usually one metre from the curb or from parked cars.
- Always signal properly, look both ways, and do a shoulder check before turning or moving out from a stopped position.
- Stay relaxed but keep pedalling.
- Wear your helmet every time you ride. It’s the law for those under eighteen years of age. Change your helmet every two to three years. Fifty dollars is a small investment for your head.
- Also required by law: reflector tape, a horn or bell, and lights and reflectors.
- Use a rack or basket, a water bottle and cage, and footwear that protects your toes.
- Buy a bike that fits you.
- Always check your bike before you ride: tires, brakes, handlebars, chain and crank, and your wheels’ quick release.
Young Cyclist Guide
Check out this Ministry of Transportation guide, published in cooperation with the Ontario Cycling Association, for great information and tips on cycling safety.
CAA Bike Assist